n To Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network for relocating its area sales and service center as well as about 30 employees to a downtown Traverse City office. The insurance company has done the same in other Michigan cities, including Lansing, Grand Rapids and downtown Detroit, where 3,000 suburban workers were moved downtown.
n To the National Park Service for organizing an avian botulism task force of volunteers to keep an eye on area bird die-offs. Their volunteer work has been grim and tragic of late. One volunteer found 99 dead loons on a Benzie County beach last week. Another buried 83 dead loons, on another Benzie beach.
n To the Frankfort Film Festival for its 4th annual film festival that started Thursday and ended Sunday. Not only did the festival screen 13 films, including seven foreign films, it also offered an opportunity to show off the art-deco Garden Theatre and the continuing restoration work done by the theater's four owners and its band of dedicated volunteers. Renovations since the last festival include a new $75,000 digital projector, a surround sound system and restoration of a 40-foot-long mural on the back interior all.
n To the Children's House, an independent Montessori school along North Lake Road for its kitchen classroom that chooses six children a week from the lower and upper elementary grades and takes them through the step of washing, preparing, cooking and presenting healthy meals. They also help prepare 60 to 90 lunches a day and snacks for the school's 230 students.
n To Frank Noverr, the 2012 winner of the TART Trails' Jim Mudgett Trail Pioneer Award. Noverr was instrumental in the development of the Leelanau Trail in 1995. More recently, he funded a successful $37,500 challenge match to help reach the $500,000 campaign goal to pave the trail. The Jim Mudgett Award was created to honor and pay tribute to individuals who have shown leadership and passion for local trails.
n To the vandal or vandals who caused the deaths of 5,700 coho salmon at the Platte River Fish Hatchery this month. Workers found 5,130 adult salmon and 570 small jacks, or yearlings, dead in a maturation pond Oct. 5. Investigators found a club, heavy-duty fishing line and large treble hooks near the pond. Hatchery manager Ed Eisch said authorities suspect that someone trying to catch a fish spooked the salmon into blocking a fresh-water source, which deprived them of oxygen.
Letters to the Editor: 03/08/2014
Assumptions improvable.Continued ...
Another View: Russia’s preferred isolation
Russia’s occupation of the Crimean Peninsula is part of a futile effort to reverse history.Continued ...
Another View: Tax reform proposal sounds good, but may lack support
If there’s one thing that Democrats and Republicans in Washington agree on, it’s that America needs a simpler tax code.Continued ...
Fact Check: Americans in 'deep poverty' hits record
Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives recently released a study that critiqued the current mix of federal anti-poverty programs and suggested a new way forward.Continued ...
Fact Check: Hagel says Congress responsible for defense cuts
President Barack Obama (has) released his proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 ... One point of contention is that the budget he proposed will reduce the army to its smallest size since 1940.Continued ...
- Friday, March 7, 2014
Editorial: Beach testing grant exposes state's lack of commitment
The issue: GT Band to fund beach testing program for 2014. Our view: Grant points up state's failure to act.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 03/07/2014
Where was Snyder?; Time to fight back.Continued ...
Another View: 'Giant' ancient virus raises concerns
In the 1951 science fiction classic “The Thing from Another World,” a spacecraft crashes in the arctic. A group of humans investigates and discovers an alien buried in ice. Once thawed, the alien poses a threat to the humans, who eventually destroy it.Continued ...
- Thursday, March 6, 2014
Editorial: County board must codify what counts as per diem
The issue: GT board can’t agree on per diem payments. Our view: It’s another case of a flawed policy.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 03/06/2014
Reasons to be happy.Continued ...
Forum: Return to local control
What happens within a prison population when prisoners convicted of violent crimes are mixed in with inmates incarcerated for non-violent crimes?Continued ...
Phil Power: Dingell's professionalism will be missed
Maybe the best way to understand how John Dingell survived and prospered over what will be a record-breaking 59 years in the U.S. House of Representatives is to go back to the summer of 2002.Continued ...
- Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Letters to the Editor: 03/05/2014
Better than backroom; The goal is profit.Continued ...
Another View: Russia's invasion
Events in Ukraine are changing by the hour, but Russia’s invasion of Crimea begs the bigger question: How far will President Vladimir Putin go to reclaim Russia’s glorious past?Continued ...
Another View: BWL review first step in reputation fix
The Lansing Board of Water & Light’s internal review of its response to the Dec. 21 ice storm is 80 pages of worthwhile reading.Continued ...
- Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Editorial: Leaf pickup decision won't settle privatization debate
The issue: TC commissioners reject privatization idea. Our view: The debate is likely not over.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 03/04/2014
Give us a chance; ‘No’ to ‘Dollywood’.Continued ...
Jack Segal: One nuclear crisis we're not going to have
The crisis in Ukraine is complex, dangerous and likely to be prolonged. But thanks to the foresight of officials in Russia and the United States, it does not involve nuclear weapons.Continued ...
Another View: Congress undergoing changes, but to what?
Change is being driven by limited special interests determined to achieve only their agenda — not yours.Continued ...
- Monday, March 3, 2014
To the House of Doggs and owners Nick and Autumn McAllister, who won a Food Network “Food Court Wars” reality television competition against Traverse City food entrepreneurs Matts’ Beignets.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 03/03/2014
They provided laughs.Continued ...
- Sunday, March 2, 2014
Editorial: Settling public comment suit hardly a conversion
The headline was promising: “Grand Traverse County settles open meetings lawsuit.” The rest of the story, however, brought on that all-too-familiar exasperation with the powers that be.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 03/02/2014
Investigation in order; Homeless are people.Continued ...
Forum: $180M removed from mental health programs
Gov. Snyder’s upbeat message on the 2015 budget left out an important fact: that in a time of state revenue surplus, about $180 million in state general funds are being removed from community mental health programs in Michigan.Continued ...
Jack Lessenberry: Move to block carp hits rough water
Virtually everybody agrees that Asian carp are a serious threat to everything that matters about the Great Lakes.Continued ...
- Letters to the Editor: 03/08/2014